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21 May 2016: CIC Hut trip Skiing Winter 2016
08 May 2016: An Teallach Skiing Winter 2016
21 April 2016: Sgran Dubh Mr Skiing Winter 2016
16 April 2016: Short Cairngorm tour Skiing Winter 2016
14 April 2016: Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag (again) Skiing Winter 2016
12 April 2016: Meall a' Bhuachaille and The Couloir Skiing Winter 2016
10 April 2016: Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag Skiing Winter 2016

I nearly didn't head out today.  The various forecasts that I looked at suggested a day of very poor visibility.  Dave and I settled on Aonach Mor, with me figuring that at least there are snow fences.  Some folk were claiming that it was going to be "bluebird" at Aonach Mor.  Driving across from the gloom in Aviemore, a patch of blue gave way to the Lochaber hills gleaming in the sunshine.  I'd like to know which forecasts these people were using!  After some piste and back corries action, we met up with Paul and then Craig, and set out across to Aonach Beag.  I had very low expectations for the day, and here we were going for "Beag for Mor", a steep twisting gully on the West face of Aonach Beag.

We took it in turns to ski the gully in it's entirety (or as far as we could tell), as anyone skiing above another would send snow down onto them, and there was no where to go to escape it.  The gully was superb, with a bit of a sting in the tail as it noticeably steepens at the lower section, which was a little firmer than the rest of the gully.  Once all down, we cut left, then back right below the gully to find the "exit" gully through the lower band of cliffs.  The steep slog back up to the Aonach Mor-Beag col was opted for.  On the way up, Beag for Mercy looked superb - good enough to agree that it needed to be skied sometime.  I jokingly asked if we had time that day.  As we laboured up, this then became, "have we got time for a run to Braveheart?", before the realisation that we were in a race to make the last gondola down.  After blasting down Warrens, the last gondola was made with less than 10 minutes to spare.  For a day that I had nearly not bothered going to, it turned out superb.

Craig, Dave and Paul heading out to Aonach Beag.
Dave, Paul and Craig pause for the view.
At the top of Beag for Mor (on the left), and Beag for Mercy (on the right).
Paul setting off into Beag for Mor
Craig on his photography perch, hoping for sunshine.
Dave heading into Beag For Mor
Looking across Stob Ban to the Ballachulish hills
Craig arriving at the foot of the gully.
Dave on the big exit slope below the gully.
Craig in the gully below the slope, giving an extra little fun descent.
Final turns before the snow runs out.
Starting the long slog back up.  Beag for Mercy is above and right.  What we saw from here was enough to agree a return trip.
Back on top of Aonach Mor, rushing to make the last gondola.
19 March 2016: Cairngorms Tour Skiing Winter 2016
17 March 2016: Toll an Lochain, An Teallach Skiing Winter 2016
09 March 2016: Loch Avon basin gully skiing Skiing Winter 2016
27 February 2016: Beinn Dearg and Cona' Mheall Skiing Winter 2016
25 February 2016: Caenlochan Skiing Winter 2016
13 February 2016: Invercauld Skiing Winter 2016
10 February 2016: Glenshee skiing Skiing Winter 2016
17 January 2016: Ben Macdui Ski Tour Skiing Winter 2016
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